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DAY 92: KNOXVILLE, TN TO CHARLOTTE, NC

Knoxville, TN marked the start of our ninety-second day. We headed east passing by forested areas and foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. In Kingsport, TN a burger joint that had a huge combo meal of a giant hotdog, burger, fries, and a drink spanning the entire side of the light blue building. Founded in 1956, Pal’s Sudden Services is a quick stop fast food restaurant that is a Kingsport original and is as homegrown as you can get. We then entered the town of Bristol, TN. There were some costumed people that wore fancy garb and colored hair in a cosplay manga style. They gave us a nice pose next to the ID. 4 and a classic 1950’s Chevrolet. The town of Bristol is one of the few towns that rests on the border of  two states, that of Virginia and Tennessee. A large sign states that the town of two states is indeed “A Good Place To Live”. In downtown Bristol, a skeletal statue of a country-western type playing the guitar stands. Many people have taken liberty to sign their names all over the guitar and body of the skeleton musician. Along State St. the Virginia and Tennessee border runs through the middle. One side of the yellow line is Virginia and the other lies Tennessee. Bristol is also known as the birthplace of country music. The Country Music Museum is a Smithsonian affiliate museum that has archived recording sessions from 1927 that helped spark what is regarded as the “big bang of country music.” These recordings continue to inspire and influence the music of today. Jimmie Rodgers, an American singer, and his band were in large part factors of the 1927 Bristol Sessions and there is a monument that pays homage to the early influence with the name of “The Soldier’s Sweetheart”, the title to the famous song by Rodgers. A large mural on display remembers Victor Records, the label that helped bring the Bristol Recordings to life with Rodgers and other great influencing musicians as well. Since 1952 the famous Burger Bar has been a Bristol classic that has served many famous guests. While we were there we even got to say hello to congressman Tim Burchett. Known for having the best burgers, it is also famous for being known as the last place Hank Williams, Sr., the famous musician, was seen alive. The Bristol Motor Speedway is a short track NASCAR raceway that held its first race July 30, 1961. We then headed south and we entered the state of North Carolina. Driving through the hills of Crowders Mountain State Park, our day winded down in Charlotte, NC. 

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